Image Awards Sponsor Spotlight: KUA

April 7, 2014

KUA LOGO  gold sponsor

Kissimmee Utility Authority is a proud sponsor of this month’s FPRA Image Awards gala in Orlando. The utility is no stranger to the Image Awards competition, having won more than 120 Image Awards and Golden Image Awards over the past two decades. In 1998, KUA brought home the state’s top PR prize—the Dick Pope All Florida Image Award—for its daily electronic employee newsletter, the KUA Morning Minute.

KUA not only leads in the public relations profession but in all areas of business, having earned the state’s second best utility safety record in 2013, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission’s William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Award, four time recipient of the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) reliability award.

Awards also include Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Community Service Award, Orlando Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award, Florida Hospital’s Healthy 100 Workplace Wellness Award, American Heart Association’s Gold Level Fit-Friendly Award, and a Top 25 winner in the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families program.

This recognition anchors our belief that employees perform at their best and are happy to do so when provided with great tools and a positive, encouraging environment. These awards are a reflection of our commitment to our employees, and ultimately the 64,000 customers we serve in Osceola County.

Congratulations to all this year’s FPRA Image Awards recipients!

Member PRofile: Kayla Torpey

September 5, 2013

D32_5020 Kayla Torpey (HR)

What is your title and company name?
Communications Specialist, Kissimmee Utility Authority

Give a brief explanation of your job.
As part of a two-person team at KUA, I share responsibility for internal and external corporate communications, including marketing and advertising, media and public relations, employee communications, special events and corporate philanthropy. I also serve as the back-up spokesperson for the utility. KUA is Florida’s sixth largest municipally-owned electric utility company.

How many years have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
2 years – I joined FPRA to expand my professional network, as well as develop my personal and professional skills within the public relations field. In 2012, I served on the committee for the Image Awards gala. Being involved has helped me make some great friends along the way!

What was your favorite FPRA event?
The 75th Annual Conference in St. Petersburg was definitely my favorite FPRA event thus far. I really enjoyed the networking, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Golden Image Awards and getting to know my fellow FPRA Orlando Area Chapter members a little better. This event confirmed my love for public relations and why I chose to pursue a career in this field.

Tell us about an exciting achievement (personal or professional).
My most exciting achievement is being the first in my family to graduate from college. Go Knights!

Tell us something people may not know about you.
I was an exchange student in Germany in the summer of 2005. It was an unforgettable experience!

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